cytokinesis

noun
cy·​to·​ki·​ne·​sis | \ ˌsī-tō-kə-ˈnē-səs How to pronounce cytokinesis (audio) , -kī- \

Definition of cytokinesis

1 : the cytoplasmic changes accompanying mitosis
2 : cleavage of the cytoplasm into daughter cells following nuclear division

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Other Words from cytokinesis

cytokinetic \ ˌsī-​tō-​kə-​ˈne-​tik How to pronounce cytokinesis (audio) , -​kī-​ \ adjective

Examples of cytokinesis in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Explore photosynthesis, osmosis, nitrogen fixation, and other life processes • Investigate the cell cycle (mitosis and cytokinesis) • Bruce Sterling, WIRED, 28 Apr. 2012

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First Known Use of cytokinesis

1898, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for cytokinesis

New Latin

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“Cytokinesis.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/cytokinesis. Accessed 22 Oct. 2021.

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cytokinesis

noun
cy·​to·​ki·​ne·​sis | \ ˌsīt-ō-kə-ˈnē-səs, -kī- How to pronounce cytokinesis (audio) \
plural cytokineses\ -​ˌsēz How to pronounce cytokinesis (audio) \

Medical Definition of cytokinesis

1 : the cytoplasmic changes accompanying mitosis
2 : cleavage of the cytoplasm into daughter cells following nuclear division — compare karyokinesis

Other Words from cytokinesis

cytokinetic \ -​ˈnet-​ik How to pronounce cytokinesis (audio) \ adjective

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